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A Happy Story

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The Ennis Street Festival was held last weekend on the 2nd and 3rd of July. Myself and a couple of others from The Altruism Movement (TAM) went to do some art, write some quotes and poetry and give away some art. It was a lovely sunny day, we met in the square. One of the group painted while two of us wrote in chalk on the pavement around the square. There was a Nazi symbol and something negative written on a wall in one corner. I thought that some poetry would be good to transform the space, so I wrote one of Bonnie Quinn Cotter’s poems called “Clean Slate” in the long narrow space under where there was the fascist words and symbol. Then we went to another area of town to write quotes. When I returned I could no longer read the racist comment on the wall, I thought that the bright sun had done something to my eyes. Or had somebody washed the wall?

Today, while I was talking to the artist that had been painting on the square, I mentioned this to her.  She said when I left some man came and asked to use some of her paint. He said he wanted to paint over something. She could not really see what it was from where she was sitting, but he said that from one of the pubs across the square you could see it clearly and it had bothered him for years. So when he saw her painting he asked to borrow her paint so he at last could cover it over.

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Written by Marianne Slevin

8 July, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Posted in Happenings and interventions

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  1. I love how you used art to bring beauty and meaning to that spot.

    JoDee Luna

    9 July, 2011 at 1:39 am

    • Thank you for your comment. Myself and the other artists in TAM are planning to do lots more of that kind of thing, bringing beauty and meaning to places. I think it is especially needed in places that seem to be without it. The other day a couple of us made some paper boats that we painted and dipped in melted wax. We are going to make lots of them and birds too and leave them somewhere for people to take. We are thinking of floating them in puddles, and hanging them from trees. It would be good to leave them in places that feel a bit sad, neglected or not beautiful.

      Marianne Slevin

      10 July, 2011 at 7:35 pm


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